If you are looking into owning a pair of pearl earrings or a string of pearl necklace, here are some tips to consider when picking (page 232, May 2013 In Style magazine):
1) Luster: The most important attribute of a pearl is its luster, or shine. Inexpensive pearls should glow, while more expensive pieces should positively radiate.
2) Shape: Pearls are never perfectly round, but classic spherical shapes are considered more desirable and cost more. Baroque, or oddly shaped pieces are a nontraditional alternative.
3) Size: Pearl size is measured in half millimeters; classic round ones can increase in price as much as 100 perfect per mm. The size most commonly sold is 7 to 7.5 mm.
4) Surface: High-quality pearls should not only shine but also be smooth and free of cracks, holes, bumps, or blemishes.
Here are some pretty pieces that I am lusting over:
|Mikimoto Love Pendant|
|Mikimoto Pearl and Sapphire Earrings|
|Tiffany Aria Bracelet|